- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.
My main acoustic guitar is a Custom Martin SP000C16RECST (1 of 75) with ivoriod binding, pearl around top, neck shape: low oval, pearl dots and Fischman pre-fix pick-up with on-board blender.
- Teaches students:
- Females 9 to 80 and males 9 to 75
- Teaching since:
- December 1988
Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
Forty-eight (48) hours advance notice is necessary to cancel or reschedule any lesson. Otherwise, students are responsible for the full payment. In the event of a last-minute reschedule, with your cooperation, I will always do my best to find us a make-up slot. However, I cannot guarantee one. This option is only available if it does not postpone any future lessons or exceed seven (7) days. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and cooperation.
As a music educator, I have worked with a wide range of clients, from around the world, from beginners and intermediates to advanced professionals including establish and emerging recording artists, bands, singers, songwriters and touring and studio musicians. I am a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop and Workshop Live, the Web's ultimate online music education resource site.
As a studio and touring musician, I have worked with a long list of artists including 2011 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Leon Russell, having sung background vocals on his 2007 record release, "Angel In Disguise."
As a singer-songwriter, I have appeared on radio and television stations and at premiere music venues across the U.S., released four independent records and been a regular performer at New York's The Bitter End, CBGB's, Wetlands Preserve, The Living Room and Mercury Lounge, and at Nashville's The Basement, The Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge, 12th & Porter and The Listening Room.
As a songwriter, I have had more than one hundred (100) cuts including single and music video releases on recording projects with a wide range of recording artists.
Since July 2010, a venture into music licensing has yielded forty-four (44) synchs including fifteen (15) on primetime network television stations including FOX (The Good Guys), NBC (The Firm), FX (The Comedians), Amazon (Hand of God), A&E (Crazy Hearts: Nashville), USA (Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe - USA Original Movie), MTV (Real World: St. Thomas) and Oxygen (Bad Girls Club).
As a writer/producer, I have worked on projects with Haden Carpenter (Big Smo, A&E-TV), Amy Wilcox (Crazy Hearts: Nashville, A&E-TV), The LiNE (The Voice, NBC), The Worsties, The Wailin' Canes, Ben Cyllus, Tara O'Grady, Sam Hunter and Linda Emerson, and have enjoyed fourteen (14) song synchs on primetime network and cable television stations including FOX (The Good Guys), MTV (Real World: St. Thomas), A&E (Big Smo, Crazy Hearts: Nashville) and Oxygen (Bad Girls Club).
As a music professional, while in New York City (1996-2004), I spent four years working at Sony Music Entertainment. While keeping track of record producers, engineers, mixers and remixers worldwide for Sony's head of A&R, music legend, Peter Asher was my main gig, I worked on many projects for Columbia Records, Epic Records, Sony Classical, Legacy Recordings, Word and C2 with executives in the A&R, international, promotion, business affairs and legal departments responsible for launching and guiding some of music's biggest recording artists including: Bob Dylan; Barbra Streisand; Tony Bennett; Harry Connick, Jr.; Maxwell; The Neville Brothers; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Pink Floyd; Mariah Carey; Jennifer Lopez; Marc Anthony; Destiny's Child; Beyonce; Kelly Rowland; Jessica Simpson; Jeff Buckley; John Mayer; Train and Five For Fighting.
I am a BMI writer, and my songs are published and administered by Over The Bush Music (BMI).
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.Show More
Alan is a fantastic teacher! Both for voice and guitar, he will be patient and thorough, building solid technique but also adding your emotional and creative abilities to be more musical !
Awesome instructor, musician, coach, person! Listened to me for just a few minutes and confidently outlined a plan to help me meet my goals. Goals he painstakingly sought to clearly understand. This is going to be a fun journey.
relaxed, progress, professional... perfect
A true professional in every sense of the word!
WOW - you guys read my mind so let me start with saying my teacher Alan is TERRIFIC - and I do mean TERRIFIC - when I first met him I felt so comfortable - his way of teaching is very patient and informative. Alan has a method of teaching that allows you to absorb valuable information while learning a skill. He makes the lessons simple and fun. Alan gives you the opportunity to learn at your own pace and that's wonderful for mature students that wish to learn something new. If I could - I would let everyone know that there is a chance to experience your musical dream - Just take a chance as a matter of fact take a Lesson.Show More
Ahh man, Alans great. He is patient and very good at explaining certain scales and techniques. He'll get you on that path you're trying to get on.